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Is the digital exam to check prostate still considered

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Is the digital exam to check prostate still considered necessary?
The PSA is the single best test for detection of prostate cancer. Some studies have suggested a benefit from combining rectal examination with PSA testing, however a study published in 2006 did not find additional benefit from performing the rectal examination.

Here are the official recommendations of the American Urological Association

(You will see that they are still recommending both on page 13: Men who wish to be screened for prostate cancer should have both a PSA test and a DRE))
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